The MSc in Social Development Practice from University College London (UCL) explores processes of social change, mobilisation and development that can generate greater equity and wellbeing for people in developing contexts. It explores different approaches through which diverse and marginalised groups gain access to rights, resources and recognition.
- A 12-month programme that includes lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, an international field trip and group-based field and project work
- The opportunity to learn through intensive practical experience on a participatory action research project in a city in the Global South
- A focus on ‘people-centred’ approaches to international development, as increasingly reflected in the policy priorities of major development organisations
The course has two main objectives
- to give students a solid grounding in social analysis skills and perspectives, rooted in social theory around identity, inequality and social change processes
- to provide an understanding of the role of the social development practitioner, and of how development interventions can best support the citizenship claims of people in the Global South
Careers and employability
The course attracts participants from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, international studies, history, communication studies, geography and psychology.
The course focuses on linking an analysis of social development theory with the application of practical development methodologies. The emphasis on UK based and international field work gives student a level of practical experience which is not offered by comparable social development Master’s courses.This puts participants in a good position to pursue careers in international development, by applying acquired skills on the ground to support relationships between community groups and development actors.
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- Social Policy and Citizenship
- Social Diversity, Inequality, and Poverty
- Social Development in Practice
- NGOs and Social Transformation
- Communication, Technologies and Social Power
- Gender in Policy and Planning
- Participatory Processes: Building for Development
- Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
- Post Disaster Recovery: Policies, Practices and Alternatives
- 12 months
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DisciplinesSociology International Development View 311 other Masters in International Development in United Kingdom
- The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; and a demonstrable interest in the subject matter of the programme.
- Candidates who do not meet the above requirements may be considered if they are able to demonstrate relevant work experience and an ability to engage academically with the subject matter of the degree. Applicants who do not hold a recognised undergraduate degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning or a related field.
International24000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 24000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA15050 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15050 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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